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The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin celebrates Deepavali on 29th October 2016

The Sri Lankan community in Berlin celebrated Deepavali, also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin on Saturday, 29th October 2016 at Sri Ganesha Temple in Hasenheide, Berlin.

A large gathering of devotees irrespective of their religions joined hands together with their brethren Hindus as one Sri Lankan community to celebrate this hallowed festival, which spiritually signifies the victory over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair. All those who were gathered at the Hindu Temple followed the rituals and prayed together.

City Councilors and Politicians from District Neukölln and Senior Officials of Asian countries also graced the event.
A special ‘Pooja’ was performed by reverend Gurukal Srinivas of Sri Ganesh Temple bestowing blessings upon the people of Sri Lanka and the guests who were present at the event. Ambassador Amunugama praised the participants, for their keenness to attend the event thus creating harmony among the Sri Lankans in Germany.

The event highlighted the importance of sharing love and affection among each other to forget and forgive the differences and to move forward for the betterment of the country and for the people of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan Embassy with the support of the Sri Lankan community prepared delicious Hindu traditional food (Blessed Prasad) and was served for the participants at the end of the occasion.

 

Embassy of Sri Lanka, Berlin
01st November 2016

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Embassy patronized the Kathina Festival held at Frohnau Buddhist Temple in Berlin

Marking another step towards to bring Buddhism closer to German nationals and to the new generations of the expatriates in Germany, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin patronized the Katina Festival held at the Buddhist House in Frohnau, Berlin on 16th October 2016 by inviting the resident Buddhist monk Ven. Kongaspitiye Shantharakkhitha Thero to spend Vas period in the temple and engage in religious observances.

Katina is one of the main festivals in the Berlin Buddhist Temple. Throughout the Vas period Sri Lankan expatriates in Berlin and the staff of the Embassy took care of the resident Buddhist monks and engaged in religious activities. By the end of the Vas period a pirith chanting ceremony was organized in the evening with the participation of Ven. Bhante Athabandhiyaye Sugathananda Thero and many other Buddhist Theros travelled from Sri Lanka and from all over Germany for this Katina Festival at Frohnau temple.

On 16th October the Katina festival started with Buddhapooja and Dane followed by offering the Kathina Robe to Ven. Shantharakkhitha Thero by H.E. the Ambassador. After the rituals of Katina Robe, a Dhamma sermon was delivered in German and Sinhala languages. Katina fest was attended by more than 200 German, Thai and Sri Lankan devotees. A dansela was also organized by the devotees for the participants of the Kathina festival.

25th October 2016
Embassy of Sri Lanka
Berlin

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Sri Lanka appoints reputed businessman as the Honorary Consul to Southern part of Lower Saxony based in Hannover

DSC05953Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany, Karunatilaka Amunugama on behalf of Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka,handed over the letter of Commission to Mr. Claus Holtmann as the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka with the jurisdiction of Southern part of Lower Saxony(South of the administrative districts of Diepholz, Verden, Rotenburg (Wumme) and Harburg), based in Hannover on Wednesday, 13th of July 2016at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin.

Vesak Day Celebrations at the Embassy

P1050741With the intention of reaching out to the German Buddhist community, the Embassy of Sri Lanka organized a ‘Vesak day’ programme on Friday 27th May 2016 at the Embassy premises, giving emphasis to the teachings of the Lord Buddha.